Friends of Design (Academy of Digital Arts) was founded 2006 and has enjoyed much success as one of Cape Town’s leading digital training institutions.

Subjects Offered in Courses

  • Game Graphics & Multimedia Entertainment
    (1 year full time, fully accredited, NQF Level 5)
  • Print Design & Publishing
    (1 year full time, fully accredited, NQF Level 5)
  • Web Publishing & Interactive Media
    (1 year full time, fully accredited, NQF Level 5)
  • Evening Short Courses
  • Online Courses

186 Bree St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001

What They Offer


Game Graphics & Multimedia Entertainment

The interactive entertainment industry is the third most important future market by now. This course will prepare you for it. From Game Theory, interactive media production to 3D modelling for real-time 3D environments to game engine use and scripting this course sets you up for a career involving game technology.  Here, you use your creative skills and explore the realms of game technology for entertainment, educational, mobile, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality purposes. More details here.

Print Design & Publishing

Our version of a graphics design course with bonus content. As well as provide you with the technical software skills you’ll need to survive in the print design industry, this course is geared towards giving you a thorough, overall understanding of graphic design and visual aesthetics. Not only will you learn how to efficiently create awesome logos, brochures, book covers, adverts magazine layouts and more, but you’ll also learn how to work with the fundamental design principals and elements that permeate every creative profession. More details here.

Web Publishing & Interactive Media

Embrace the world of multimedia! This course brings your creative ideas and designs to life through practical training in web publishing, video production, visual effects and 2D animation. Learn how to work with the visually impressive side of these mediums, and walk away with technical, behind-the-scenes skills in everything from HTML5, CSS3, Javascript and jQuery to CMS, responsive design, motion graphics and editing. Everything you need to prepare yourself for a career in web and interactive media. More details here.

Evening Short Courses

For those of you already working we offer evening short courses from Monday to Wednesday starting at 5.30pm. Those short course focus on specific topics or software packages like Adobe Photoshop, 3D modelling, HTML5, AfterEffects, e-Pub, etc. Take a look here.

Online Courses

You want to do short courses but cannot come to Cape Town? We also offer topic online courses, have a look here.